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Music Technology A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Students will study four components:


Component 1: Recording

Non-examined assessment: coursework

20% of the qualification


Content overview

Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.

Assessment overview

● One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided


Component 2: Technology-based composition

Non-examined assessment: coursework

20% of the qualification

Content overview

Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based


Assessment overview

● One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs


Component 3: Listening and analysing

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

25% of the qualification

Content overview

● Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings

Assessment overview

● This paper comprises two sections

● Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings

● Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings and the second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording.


Component 4: Producing and analysing

Written/practical examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

35% of the qualification

Content overview

● Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be

applied to unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson in the examination..

Assessment overview

● This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.

● Each student will be provided with a set of audio/MIDI materials for the practical element of the examination

● Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI materials to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts

Entry requirements

GCSE Music grade 5.

Grade 4 ABRSM/Trinity/RockSchool or equivalent (subject to audition) on your main instrument.

Students must have a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language.


APS: 5.5

Future opportunities

There are many important opportunities in higher education, and many career possibilities for those proficient in handling music technology. GCE in Music Technology has been widely accepted by higher education and will continue to provide valuable experience and preparation for students aiming for HE in the subject. Music technology careers could include work as a: sound engineer; record producer; teacher.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, please contact Mr Powell, Music Department at St. Neots Sixth Form Centre via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years